Regional Small Grants

The Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants programme supports community projects that benefit children and young people in the North East area, in line with our aims and objectives. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £1,000.

Since the Regional Grants panel was established, over £283,000 has been awarded to 338 community projects that benefit children and young people across the whole region from Berwick to Teesside, in line with the aims of the organisation.

Our recent award winners:

Birtley East Primary School- who were awarded £972.83 for multi sensory play equipment for their new sensory space. This will offer a soothing environment for children with challenging behaviour and/or sensory needs to find calm and control.

Mind, Tyneside and Northumberland– who were awarded £500 towards their Club 10 project. This early intervention initiative aims to reduce levels of anti social behaviour (ASB) in school aged pupils identified as being at risk of becoming involved in ASB in their local community or school environments via consequential education sessions.

Panathlon Foundation- who were awarded £600 towards resources for 3 days of activities in the Durham Panathlon Challenges. This event supports children with a range of disabilities to participate in fun, sporting competitions that they might not otherwise be able to access.

Linskill & North Tyneside Community Development Trust- who were awarded £1000 towards the purchase of specialist sensory equipment and Wi-Fi colour wall controllers. The equipment will help benefit young disabled or disadvantaged children using the multi-sensory room.

Northbourne Street Youth Initiative- who were awarded £800 for their Fit Club cookery and sports sessions based in the deprived Elswick area of Newcastle. The club aims to increase aspirations, reduce isolation and encourage physical and mental wellbeing through a series of activities available to local young people.

Queen Hall Arts- who were awarded £500 towards the delivery of Spectrum Summer School, a pilot using theatre and drama workshops to engage young people with ASD, which aims to help build social skills and confidence.

Sunderland Community Action Group- who were awarded £500 for Southmoor Youth Hub’s Cookery materials for sessions designed to encourage young people to develop transferable life skills in a safe environment.


Some quotes from the grant recipients:


“The Panathlon Foundation thanks the Children’s Foundation in helping develop further opportunities for disabled young people in the North East. This grant will enable young disabled people in Durham undertake sporting participation not currently available to them”  -Tony Waymouth, Panathlon Foundation


“The specialist equipment the grant will enable us to purchase will contribute to the room becoming an exciting and stimulating environment for both pre-school and young disabled children to develop sensory and motor skills in, and to explore their developing senses with confidence. This is so appreciated!” -Janice Irving, Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust


 “Queen’s Hall Arts is delighted to receive a grant from The Children’s Foundation to help fund Spectrum Summer School for young people with ASD and/or communication difficulties. The taster sessions will allow a range of young people with very specific needs to trial a range of drama practice and storytelling activities to help them to build their confidence, self-esteem and social skills. We feel sure that these sessions will make a very positive impact on participants and will develop valuable activities we can roll out to other people working with children and young people with additional needs.”  –Susan Priestley, Queen Hall Arts


Apply for a Regional Small Grant

The next Regional Small Grants panel takes place in November 2017, therefore if you would like to be considered at our next meeting we will require your application form no later than the end of October 2017.



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